Houston — Man Killed in Drunken Motorcycle Crash on Martin Luther King Boulevard
Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 10:36 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Sunday, August 18th, 2019 at 8:41 pm
At approximately 11:20 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019, a man was killed in a motorcycle accident that occurred in Houston, Texas.
According to the Houston Police Department, Jerongia Alonza Roberts, 24, was driving a black and white dirt bike northbound on Martin Luther King Boulevard when he crossed the Browncroft intersection and struck a gray Chevrolet Tahoe that was traveling eastbound on Browncroft Street. Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators determined that there was no street light in the area and that the dirt bike did not have a reflector or headlight nor was it allowed for street use. The driver of the Tahoe stayed at the scene, was discovered to be impaired, and was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Jerongia Alonza Roberts. Sadly, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a car accident. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
The three common causes of car accidents are speeding, driving while distracted, and DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). DUI, in particular, is quite appalling. The NHTSA reports that about 28 people die every day because of drunken driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 died in DUI accidents while about 345,000 were injured. All these numbers paint a terrible picture indeed.
Furthermore, motorcycle accidents, a type of vehicular accident, are common despite the fact that motorcycles are initially believed to be far less crashworthy than closed vehicles. In 2016, the NHTSA reported that 5,286 people died in motorcycle accidents. In the same year as well, it is reported that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.
Vehicular accidents, especially motorcycle and DUI accidents, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/motorcycle accidents/DUI accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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